What Jesus Did! 'Led by the Spirit' — Luke 2:25-27

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A man named Simeon lived in Jerusalem. He was a good man that truly worshiped God. Simeon was waiting for the time when God would come to help Israel (the Jews). The Holy Spirit was in him. The Holy Spirit told Simeon that he would not die before he saw the Christ from the Lord (God). The Spirit led Simeon to the temple. Mary and Joseph went to the temple to do what the Jewish law said they must do. They brought the baby Jesus to the temple.
— Luke 2:25-27 NLT
Illustration of Luke 2:25-27 NLT —  The Holy Spirit was in him.

Key Thought

Simeon is a great figure of Old Testament devotion—he was righteous and devout. He is also a great figure of what will be New Testament devotion—filled with the Holy Spirit, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, and led by the Holy Spirit. In this blending of both old and new, we find something fresh, vital, and life-changing: people whose hearts are fully committed to honor God, but acknowledge that their power to be holy comes from the Holy Spirit. Like Simeon, let's make sure we take up the new and not neglect the old. God wants us to be filled with a holy passion for him, his Kingdom, and his hope!

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for the Holy Spirit given to me when I became a Christian. I pray that my heart will seek after you and your ways passionately. However, dear Father, I know that my best efforts are not enough. I need the power and leading of your Spirit to be all that I want to be. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Titus 3:3-8
  • Romans 8:5-11
  • Galatians 5:22-25

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.